House dust mites
These are tiny creatures, about a quarter of a millimetre long. They live off human skin scales and thrive in humid environments. Mites are found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing. In people allergic to dust mite, it is often not the mite itself but proteins in their droppings which cause the allergy. Each mite produces about 20 of these waste droppings every day and the droppings continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite has died. In the average home over two million dust mites feed on dead skin scales. They hide in your carpet, upholstery, curtains, mattresses and pillows.
House dust mite allergy is very common
It is associated with asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis. The dust mite allergen is found in all rooms of the house, on the floor and in soft furnishings, not just in the bedroom.
Steam-cleaning carpets considerably lessens dust mite populations and deters population growth
A study in Glasgow, Scotland, found an 87 percent drop in the concentration of dust mites per gram of dust after carpets were steam-cleaned. In addition, vacuuming with a high-filtration vacuum cleaner can help to reduce mites effectively. Products are also available to treat carpets to kill mites.
If you have any queries about dust mite control and how carpet and upholstery cleaning can help call us on 01482 868 042.